Elon Musk Pushes Humans to Merge With Machines to Compete With AI

Saturday, 18 February 2017 - 3:57PM
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Saturday, 18 February 2017 - 3:57PM
Elon Musk Pushes Humans to Merge With Machines to Compete With AI
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On Monday, at the World Government Summit in Dubai, Elon Musk expanded on a very radical idea - humans must merge with machines to survive a potential AI apocalypse, an idea that he's often put forth before. Musk warns that "deep AI" is "smarter than the smartest human on Earth," and that that if left unchecked, it could turn into a dangerous situation.

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO is convinced that his approach of essentially turning ourselves into cyborgs is the most reasonable plan, given the artificial general intelligence out there:
Opening quote
"It's mostly about the bandwidth, the speed of connection between your brain and the digital version of yourself, particularly output... Some high bandwidth interface to the brain will be something that helps achieve a symbiosis between human and machine intelligence and maybe solves the control problem and the usefulness problem."
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By "some high bandwidth interface," Musk is probably referring to his own Neural Lace, a digital brain-to-computer interface that functions by implanting a chip to artificially enhance human congnitive functions. To put things into perspective, computers can process information at a trillion bits per second, while humans are only at 10 bits per second, which makes us indeed behind the computers. 

But the most pressing danger from AI is slightly different, and nobody needs to implant brain chips just yet. Musk believes the most pressing problem with AI right now comes from autonomous, self-driving cars. "That is going to happen much faster than people realize and it's going to be a great convenience," says Musk. But great convenience comes at a cost, as he goes on to say that 12-15 percent of the workforce will be replaced by machines. New roles for a displaced workforce will need to be found, as the change will be "very disruptive and very quick" (although he clarifies that "quick" does not mean "immediate")

Musk's warnings are interesting considering the billionaire invests in the development of deep AI and driverless cars. perhaps the hefty responsibility of his work is weighing on him - a few weeks ago, he collaborated with Steven Hawking to endorse guidelines for preventing an AI takeover. 

The full conversation is available on YouTube from the World Government Summit, starting around 8:30.


Via: CNBC
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